BATON ROUGE, LA - Award-winning national architecture and planning firm KTGY Group, Inc. and JTS, a Baton Rouge-based developer, announce the development of Rouzan Village, the commercial and retail center of Rouzan, a 120-acre master plan residential community in the historic Southdowns neighborhood of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The first phase of the new mixed-use community, designed by KTGY, is located near the intersection of Perkins Road and Glasgow Avenue and will feature approximately 80,000 square feet of retail anchored by Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, and up to 220 residential rental units including live/work studios.
According to KTGY's Simon "Sy" Perkowitz, AIA, PE, a principal in the firm's Retail/Commercial division, the architectural design of the buildings will be inspired by the Gulf Coast style typically found in historic New Orleans. Each of the three buildings will have ground level retail with three-stories of residential rental units above. The live/work studios will be designed to have potential retail/commercial space on the lower portion with living above. The residential units are expected to include one- to three-bedroom apartment homes ranging in size from 700 to 1,400 square feet. Two parking structures and street parking will provide parking for approximately 900 cars to accommodate shoppers, movie patrons and apartment residents. New infrastructure is planned as a part of the development and will include public improvements such as a park and public art locations.
"Rouzan Village is designed as a state-of-the-art, 21st century village," said Perkowitz. "It offers a great location, unique character and walkable mix of uses, meticulous design and sustainable construction. Rouzan's focus is on health, wellness and life enrichment. All the elements essential to creating lasting value for both the community and its residents."
"In Rouzan Village's design, KTGY artfully addresses the complex challenges of combining residential, retail and office spaces into one building," says Rouzan developer Tommy Spinosa. "It is great to work with an award-winning firm that has the expertise to design both the residential and retail/commercial components in a way that creates a more vibrant neighborhood and invigorating pedestrian experience. We are very excited about this project and what it means to this community."
"We have endowed this village with a strong sense of 'there;' something very extraordinary that the community can feel proud of," says KTGY Residential Design Principal David Obitz. "This is a great opportunity for retailers and residents of Rouzan and we are truly thrilled to be a part of such a ground breaking project."
Austin,TX-based Alamo Drafthouse Cinema's local partner Cojeaux Cinemas will be opening the 33,000-square-foot theater, the first one in Louisiana. Anthony Coco, who is president and CEO of Cojeaux Cinemas says that Baton Rouge's Alamo Drafthouse Cinema will have seven screens and approximately 850 large, comfortable seats. The food, beer, wine and liquor will all be available before during or after the film. The location will also include an inviting bar off of the lobby for guests to enjoy beer and food selections even on days that they are not watching a film.
The theater is expected to begin construction next year and open in mid-2016. Village Center's residential component is expected to break ground in mid-2015 and take approximately 14-18 months to complete.
Rouzan Village is situated just east of downtown Baton Rouge and within minutes of the LSU campus, Pennington Biomedical Research Center and the city's medical corridor.
Celebrating 23 years, KTGY Group, Inc., Architecture and Planning, is a national award-winning firm providing comprehensive planning and award-winning architectural design services for residential communities, retail, hospitality, mixed-use and related specialty developments. KTGY delivers innovative solutions that reflect clear understanding of development, market and consumer trends, and financial performance. KTGY serves clients worldwide from offices in Denver, Irvine, Los Angeles, Oakland, Pune and Tysons.